2018 is officially under way, and it's set to be a fun year for Northeast Ohio in the sports department.
No, we're not talking about the Browns, Cavs, and Indians, although we certainly hope to see more championship runs. This year, the region is set to host 10 national sporting events the Greater Cleveland Sports says will bring in tens of millions of dollars in economic impact.
Highlighting the list of events will be the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships from March 15-17 at Quicken Loans Arena. The best college wrestlers from around the country will be competing for individual and team titles, and the GCSC projects this event alone will bring in $15 million to the area.
Says GCSC President and CEO David Gilbert:
Cleveland continues to be a leader when it comes to hosting major national sporting events. Greater Cleveland Sports Commission is excited to have secured ten national events in 2018. This very significant number will provide a projected economic impact of nearly $30.1 million to Northeast Ohio.
Other area events this year include:
- Junior Volleyball Association Rock 'N Rumble - Jan. 13-14
- Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships - Feb. 23-24
- NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships - Mar. 9-10
- Mid-American Conference Baseball Championships - May 24-28
- Strider Cup - May 26
- AAU Volleyball North Coast Cup - May 26-28
- USA Wrestling UWW Cadet & University Nationals presented by University Hospitals Sports Medicine - May 31-June 3
- USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships - Aug. 11-12
- NEOCycle - Sept. 7-9